Netherlands advances to next round of World Baseball Classic

The Netherlands' second baseman Jonathan Schoop watches from

The Netherlands' second baseman Jonathan Schoop watches from the dugout in the fourth inning of their World Baseball Classic first-round game against Australia at the Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan. (March 5, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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TAIPEI, Taiwan - Jonathan Schoop's two-run homer helped give the Netherlands a spot in the next round of the World Baseball Classic with a 4-1 victory over Australia on Tuesday.

The win gave the Dutch a 2-1 record in Group B and made sure they will play in the second round in Tokyo. Schoop's homer capped a three-run second inning for the Dutch.

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Starting pitcher Robbie Cordemans allowed two hits in five innings.

Host Taiwan faced South Korea later Tuesday in a game that will determine which of the two teams advanced to Tokyo.

Australia finished at 0-3.

Brad Harman had a ninth-inning drive to left for Australia with two on that was snagged on the warning track by Randolph Oduber, preserving the Dutch win.

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